Politics

Pensacola Fire Expensive

February 19, 2008

According to US Census, Pensacola has a population, as of July 2006, of 53,248. Port Orange has 54,851. Margate has 55,974. Sarasota has 52,942. Pensacola has 138 employees in its fire department with at total budget…

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New Fire salaries boost upper ranks the most

February 19, 2008

The proposed collective bargaining agreement between the City of Pensacola and the Firefighters Union is online . The new agreement, which will be voted on by the city council today, substantially raises the pay of the…

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Tammy Pescatelli on the radio

February 18, 2008

I will interview comedian Tammy Pescatelli today on IN Your Head Radio at 1:15 p.m. You can listen online at newsradio1620.com. Tammy will be performing at special benefit for SubWest Rotary on Thursday, Feb. 21 at…

The 30-day sex challenge

February 18, 2008

Ybor City’s Relevant Church pastor Paul Wirth offered a unique challenge to its members Sunday: 30 straight days of sex, or no sex at all. It’s called the 30-Day Sex Challenge. Married couples are expected to…

Monkeys and/or Angels

February 18, 2008

The Orlando Sentinel has good story on Florida’s State Board of Education vote on Tuesday on the proposed new science standards, including a first-time proposal that would require students to learn about evolution. It is done…

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Moby misses the mark

February 18, 2008

PNJ columnist Mark “Moby” O’Brien in his column today (Fire fee fallout: Property tax cut would hurt waterfront plans) misses the mark. I’m not sure why O’Brien has taken the position that the property tax itself…

Chef Irvine may not be real deal

February 17, 2008

Last June, Chef Robert Irvine of the Food Channel’s Dinner Impossible was in Pensacola for a special dinner at eat!. Around 100 people showed up and paid $175 a plate for the meal. We wrote about…

No undocumented workers in Escambia

February 17, 2008

WEAR TV reports that while Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties have held raids on undocumented workers since the first of the year, Escambia County has had none. Scott Haines/Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Spokesman: “Escambia County’s Sheriff’s Office…

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DCA says no, no, no to Perdido

February 17, 2008

The Florida Department of Community Affairs rejected the Escambia County Commission plan to raise the building caps on Perdido Key. Currently, a maximum 7,150 dwelling units — and 1,000 hotel or motel rooms are allowed on…

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Jubliee project doomed from the start

February 17, 2008

Last spring, the original investors of the huge housing development in the Pace area put on an expensive “grand opening” event in the Saenger Theater. Travi Tritt performed. There were tons of free food and booze.…

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Friday night fish fry buzz

February 16, 2008

Comments heard as I moved around Big Sexy Foods’ banquet area during a Fiesta of Five Flags Party: Pensacola City Council is crazy if they pass a fire protection fee. Local governments are out of control.…

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Paul will not seek third term

February 15, 2008

Escambia Co. Superintendent of Schools Jim Paul is notifying his supporters that he will not seek a third term. Expect Ronnie Arnold, Alan Scott and Malcolm Thomas to file next week.…

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City Fireman pension nearly doubled in three years

February 15, 2008

Wonder where your city taxes have gone? Or why the city staff is pushing a $377 fire fee? Check out the fireman’s pension. In 2004, the City spent $1,712,568 on the fireman’s pension. This year’s budget…

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Wiggins pre-files for city council

February 15, 2008

Well, it looks like Pensacola citizens will have an opportunity to keep things running the same. Another incumbent city councilman has pre-filed – Mike Wiggins. I like Mike – he has tried to speak out on…

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O’Brien: City needs another committee

February 15, 2008

PNJ columnist Mark O’Brien is pushing the idea of another citizens committee that will review City of Pensacola finances. So far city staff and the city council have been lukewarm on the idea. Mark, citizen input…